Choosing a Skin Tightening Option Based on Your Skin Type and Complexion

Choosing a Skin Tightening Option Based on Your Skin Type and Complexion(Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.)

Sagging skin tends to happen with age, but that doesn’t mean that you have to let it happen. Thanks to modern skin tightening methods, you can get the firm, supple skin you used to have back. But it’s important to pick a particular treatment not just based on your sagging skin, but also on what color your skin is and what sort of skin you have. But first you should know how these processes work.

Collagen and Elastin Help to Control Skin Health

The first thing you need to know is that there are natural substances that your body makes to help control skin health. Two of the most important are collagen and elastin. Another is human growth hormone (HGH). Younger people’s bodies produce a lot of those substances, but natural production decreases as people get older. Of course, there are other things that can make your skin wrinkle, sag, or develop other issues. Chemical exposure, too much sun, a bad diet, smoking, and lack of exercise can all contribute. But many skincare procedures can treat damage caused by those things as well.

Skin Tightening Treatments Encourage Internal Repairs

Laser equipment and other skincare devices usually work by encouraging your body to make its own internal repairs. They use a variety of methods to accomplish that goal, but they all more or less work by convincing your body to make more collagen, elastin and useful cell repair hormones and proteins.

Why There Are Multiple Treatment Types

You might be wondering why there are multiple treatment types if they all work the same way. Well, they do similar things, but they all have their own unique benefits and drawbacks. For example, laser treatments offer a certain level of precision, whereas chemical peels are done on a widespread area. Also, some treatments are just not suitable for certain types of skin. That’s where things like your complexion come into play. A good example is laser treatments because some of them can actually heat up oils on the surface of your skin. If you have skin that is extra oily by nature, that could lead to blisters and burns. Typically, darker skinned people have skin that is also more oily. So, if your skin is dark, you might want to try other skin treatments, such as radio frequency or ultrasound instead. Another reason why multiple treatment types exist is that some of them can make other existing skin problems better or worse, depending on the situation. Remember that you might just have sagging skin, but you might also have acne scars, cellulite dimples, or other skin problems that complicate matters. In an ideal situation you may be able to find a treatment that fixes all of your skin problems, but you should at least choose a skin tightening method that won’t make your other skin conditions worse.

Only Specialists Can Help You Choose the Best Option

If you want to make the best choice, you should definitely talk to a specialist. They can assess not only your wrinkles and skin sags, but also your skin type and color. They can also help you factor in any other skin problems you have, such as dry skin, sun spots, or acne scarring. Together, you can choose the skin tightening method that fits your skin type and your specific treatment requirements.

Clinique Eye Cream Review (Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream)

Clinique Eye Cream Review (Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream)Clinique Repaiwear Intensive Eye Cream

I love Clinique products. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I use several of their products on a regular basis. The price is decent and the products usually work well.

So how does this eye cream hold up?

Well, I like it. I have been using it every night for some time now. I originally tried it when I got a sample during Clinique bonus days at Belk. I was immediately hooked. It seems to brighten my eye area when I get up in the morning. I usually only use it at night and on days that I won’t be wearing any make up. (Wearing anything like that under my foundation tends to make my mascara and eyeliner smudge.)

I especially like the effects of this eye cream during the winter time when my skin dries out to some degree and I get that dried, “crinkly” look under my eyes. This cream softens up the look of my skin, which makes me look younger.

It is white and has a creamy texture. When I apply it on my skin, I use a liberal amount and don’t rub it in completely. Then I go about the rest of my routine and allow it to soak in. It feels like I am giving my skin a “drink”.

I give this product five stars because it gives almost immediate results.

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Note: Don’t forget to apply your eye cream on your WHOLE eye area, including the brow. This helps your skin not droop and give you the hooded eye look.

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Obagi Blue Peel Review

Obagi Blue PeelObagi Blue Peel Review

I recently had my second Obagi Blue Peel and feel that I must share the experience with my readers.

There was a huge difference between the first and second peels I have undergone, so I have mixed feeling about it at this time. Please read this post to the end if you are considering this same peel.

The Obagi Blue Peel is part of a larger offering of Obagi products aimed at improving the look and feel of skin. It helps with wrinkles, acne, and other imperfections.

The Obagi site states the Blue Peel is an:

In-office facial chemical peel procedure that uses trichloroacetic acid (TCA) mixed with a special Obagi blue base to monitor and slow penetration.

Use of the Obagi Nu Derm System is recommended before and after your Blue Peel, which takes place in your physician’s office.

First of all, let me say that I had my first Obagi Blue Peel four months ago and it went just fine. I was able to tolerate three applications of the acid and I went home to have a typical recovery. My face became very tight, the skin turned dark brown, then my it started to peel off. Under that yucky peeling skin was fresh skin that looked and felt like that of a newborn baby. I was in heaven!

Fast forward to last week…..and things changed.

I was undergoing a horrific allergy attack, so I called the office and asked if they still wanted to perform the procedure. I was told it would be fine and to come on in, which I did. However, once I was on the table and being prepped she said my skin was overreacting to everything and rashing up, so she couldn’t do it. I was fine with that because I was not tolerating the procedure well at all. (She goes around your face doing all kinds of painful things to get you ready. She cleans your pores, uses an extractor to remove things, uses a laser to zap imperfections, etc.)

I returned to her office the following Monday and had two applications of the peel this time. The burning was extreme (same as the first time), but I made determined to hang in there. The aftercare includes mixing hydrocortisone cream (Obagi version is called Tolereen) and moisturizer (Obagi version is called Action) and applying it to your face 2 to 3 times a day. The first time she told me to do this for 2 or 3 days. The second time she said to only do it for one day following my peel. She said it would give me better results.

I go home after that and my face appears to be following the same routine as before. It got tight, turned brown, and peeled. But this time the skin under it was extremely red. Like a primary red crayon. The first time it has only been a slight pink. So I called the office and left a message on Thursday. I knew they would not be in the office that day, but expected a call back on Friday. But it never came.

By Saturday I truly looked like a science experiment. My skin had areas of bright red and dark brown with lots of peeling skin. My husband as freaking out and thought my face might be ruined. My mother-in-law agreed and they both said I should never get this done again. I gave this some consideration. However, I developed a new problem. I had a bright red rash that started just under my nose and went down my neck. I also ran up my jawline on both sides. It was raised and it itched like crazy. By Sunday it was driving me crazy.

After trying everything on the aftercare sheet, I finally started taking Benedryl (didn’t know what was causing it, so thought it couldn’t hurt) and applying Neosporin. I finally started to see some improvement after this, but who knows if this was just a coincidence.

Monday morning I finally got a call back from the office. I was in the shower, of course, so they left a message telling me to do exactly what my aftercare sheet said, which I had been doing. When I called back and explained my situation, she suggested that I come in to see the aesthetician if it didn’t get better by the end of the day. I was finally starting to look better, so I decided to wait it out.

So that’s what I am doing right now…..waiting it out…..while I am writing this.

I did some research online and found that it is common for your skin to become extremely red as mine did after a TCA peel and that it could last up to 3 months. I also found that Obagi suggests that you use their skin care system, Obagi Nu Derm System, for at least 4 weeks before you undergo an Obagi Blue Peel. My aesthetician never told me that. In fact, she asked what all I used and I told her, so she knew I wasn’t using those products.

She recommended that I stop using my tretinoin cream (Retin-A) a couple days before I came back for my peel since my skin had reacted so badly during my prep, which I forgot to do. But that is not something that you commonly need to do, as tretinoin cream is a part of the Obagi skin care routine, so I don’t think it really made a big difference.

So would I get this peel again? I don’t know just yet. I don’t do well with peels to begin with since I absolutely hate the feeling when it gets tight and I can’t move my facial muscles. We will see……

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Dr. Perry’s Nightskin Review

Night SkinDr. Perry’s Nightskin Review

Like everyone else, I wondered about the hype surrounding this product. If something sounds too good to be true, then it usually is, right?

So I finally broke down and bought some. Once I ordered it, the two weeks I had to wait to receive it were torture. I ordered it through Amazon which is where I order everything when possible. The price usually runs around $50 per bottle, give or take a little. If you sign up for the automatic delivery program you will usually get it a little cheaper.

This product is supposed to do the following:

  • Effectively moisturizes the skin
  • Stimulates collagen formation
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles
  • Fights age spots

My Experience

The bottle I received had leaked a small amount before it got to me, which was unfortunate, but I didn’t want to wait more time to get a replacement bottle.

The solution is a beige color with a slight smell that is tolerable. It doesn’t smell great, but it’s not awful either. A small amount covers a lot of skin, so I was able to use it sparingly.

I first thought it was going to take a long time to soak completely into my skin, but it turns out that it NEVER completely soaks in. In fact, the pillow I was sleeping on started turning yellow. (The vitamin C in it turns that color.) I wasn’t overly concerned since I figured it was come out in the wash. Well, MOST of it did, but it left some slight permanent stains. After that I started covering my pillow with a towel. That doesn’t feel as good to my face while I’m sleeping, but it’s better than the stains.

When I first applied the solution it started stinging my face and making it itch. It subsided after a few minutes and was fine after that. I’m sure that’s the glycolic acid working, since it felt similar to a glycolic mask that I frequently use.

I used Nightskin every night for over a month (out of one bottle) and found that after the first week the small blackheads I had seemed to be disappearing. The ones that were left seemed to “sit” on top of my skin and were easily wiped away.  That was amazing to me! I have had very oily skin since I was a teenager, so blackheads have always been a problem for me.

The next thing I noticed was that other little imperfections were starting to fade. I have these places on my face that the dermatologist said came from having oily skin. These started to gradually fade.

When summer weather hit my oily skin cranked up again and I found that my skin could not tolerate Nightskin without being way too oily and actually causing break outs, so to remedy this problem I started mixing a small amount of Retin-A with it before applying it to my face. This fixed the problem of oiliness but diminished some of the other benefits I had been seeing from the product. (The overall smoothness I had seen seemed to lessen and reversal of imperfections seemed to stop.)

So do I like this product? Yes, I do. And I will continue to use it in order evaluate the long term benefits.

By the time they have to worry about wrinkles, most people don’t have the oily skin issues I have (at least not to this extent anyway). So for the average person this product provides everything you need to moisturize, exfoliate, and repair your skin in the short term.

As for the long term effects……we’ll see.

I am giving it four stars instead of five mostly because it discolors my pillow and because I haven’t evaluated the long term effects yet.


Updated October  2012: I am no longer using this product because it’s just too much trouble to get the stains off my pillows.  I find that I cannot stay on a towel while I am asleep and I couldn’t get used to feeling like my face was still wet while trying to go to sleep. I also had to completely discontinue using it when summer humidity kicked in to full swing.  However, this product might be wonderful for someone with extremely dry skin.

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Relax-A-Line Review (a.k.a. Topical Botox)

Relax-A-Line is a topical solution sold by a company called Cellular Skin Rx. I stumbled on some information about this product while searching in a forum for information on another product I wanted to try. (And I was hooked. Who doesn’t want the fountain of youth in a bottle?)

It contains Acetyl Hexapedtide 3, which is supposed to relax the muscles that allow wrinkles to form on your face. It is a topical form of Botox more or less. (By the way, while I was researching this I learned that a REAL Botox topical solution is in the works!!!)

I was intrigued to say the least, but when I saw that I could try this wonderful topical solution for only $24.00 I was in! On their website I saw that Ultra  Relax-A-Line was also available for $44.00.

I decided to try the regular strength first, just to see if it made any difference at all. My thought was this: If it does anything, then I will order the stronger version. However, if it does nothing at all, then I will not be out a lot of money.

My Experience

Imagine my excitement when I opened the box and found a sample of Ultra Relax-A-Line inside! And it wasn’t just a one time application, either. It was a little bottle that contained 5ml.

I started out using the regular strength first. The website states you should see a difference in 30 days, so I used the serum diligently twice a day. I found that less was more, since using too much actually made it dry too thick and peel off.

(I also read another review somewhere and the girl said she started massaging the serum in more and that made it start working more for her, so I started spending more time rubbing it in.)

The main areas I was treating were:

  • between eyebrows
  • creases on forehead
  • parenthesis (lines between nose and mouth when you smile)

After a month of continual use it was clear I was getting no results at all. However, I stayed at it for another month. Still no results. I switched over to Ultra Relax-A-Line and stayed with it for three weeks… disappointment.

This product also contains hyaluronic acid, which is supposed to be another miracle ingredient for anti aging. It naturally exists in our bodies, but used as a beauty aid it is supposed to help with skin elasticity. However, this ingredient made no impact on my skin, either.

I must say that I could see no benefits to my skin from using this product. However, every person is different and some people have left reviews in various places claiming to see positive results.

This was MY experience, and everyone’s skin is different. Your experience could be totally different.

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  • 10 Commandments Of Health
  • Pick Of Pamper Potions
  • Facial Yoga Video Series
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Glycolic Acid Peel Reviews (Skin Laboratory Glycolic Peel)

Gycolic Acid Peel ReviewsGlycolic Acid Peel Reviews have become all the rage for those of us who want to turn back the clock on signs of aging, but can’t have a lot of downtime as a professional peel often demands.

(Who wants to walk their kids into school looking like a bizarre circus side show?)

Like everyone else, I want results without that huge price tag as well. So when I decided to try an at home peel, I did some research.

There are several different types of peels: glycolic, lactic, and salicylic are the most common. After I looked up information on them and read many, many reviews I chose to try the glycolic peel because it was a good choice for overall skin improvement.

I chose the 35% because it was a good, entry level peel (it’s Level 1) and your skin has to get accustomed to the acid before you can move up to a stronger version.

The directions say to wash your face and dry it thoroughly. It also states that for maximum benefits from the peel you can apply alcohol to your face and allow it to dry before applying the peel. You should then apply the peel onto your face using a cotton pad, Q tip or your fingers. The first time you try this product you should only leave it on your skin for one minutes in order to see how your skin will tolerate the product. The maximum time to leave it on your face is eight minutes.

After the peel time is complete, you can then wash your face thoroughly with water. You can also apply a solution of water and baking soda if the irritation afterwards is uncomfortable for you. (They do not sell expensive neutralizers on their website and state that those are not necessary.)

My Experience

The product arrived in a glass bottle and had a slight smell that was not unpleasant. I followed the instructions exactly for the first application. I did not use alcohol the first time and I only left it on my face for one minute. (It burned a little, but couldn’t really tell I had done anything to my face.)

I waited almost a week, then I applied the peel again using alcohol first and leaving it on my face for five minutes. After that application I have used the product every week (except for a couple times when I forgot) and have left it on for the full eight minutes. (Finally had some real burning, so I was excited!)

After the first full eight minute application I could definitely tell a difference in my skin the next day. I applied foundation to my skin and stood there in awe of how smoothly my make up went on. My face looked smooth and glowing. Over time I have seen a decrease in the imperfections on my face. These included a couple small, barely noticeable scars on my forehead and upper lip and a small scar from chicken pox when I was a baby.

I had also developed a few small places on my face that my dermatologist said had developed from having too much oil in my skin over the years. She prescribed Retin-A, but said that did not always work and that I might have to come back into the office for a procedure to get rid of them. I tried the glycolic peel instead, and over time they have shrunk significantly.

I have found it necessary to use the homemade neutralizer on my face because I can’t make it stop burning after treatment. Once I did not wash the peel off as thoroughly as I thought and it left red places on my nose and cheeks. (Basically, it ate through a few layers of my skin.) I started using the neutralizer after that.

The company states that you will probably not notice the peeling because it is so gradual. This was true for me, except I sometimes get a very fine amount of peeling over my lips.

Overall, I have been very happy with the results. I plan to order Level 2 of this peel when I finish the bottle I am currently using. I expect even better results with the next solution.

Note: The product information states that you get about 15 applications in a bottle, but mine has lasted longer than that even though I am covering my face thoroughly.

This has been MY experience, but every person has skin that can respond differently to things.

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